Only the bones of what was once the Reef remain in the soon-to-open Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. Naturally, the aquariums were among the first things to go. But the storied building's famous rooftop view, which gives this restaurant its name, won't be the only draw. There's also a menu of elegant takes on casual pub food from chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley to look forward to. Roofers Union expects to open in early February.
Keeping with current trends, the space has gone rustic to the hilt, with reclaimed barn wood, exposed brick, and vintage furniture falling under the glow of old chandeliers and wire basket light fixtures. Plans call for an extension of the rooftop bar to seat 50, which joins a 38-seat first floor bar and a 92-seat second floor for a total seating capacity of 180.
Meek-Bradley previewed part of the Roofers Union menu at Ripple on Wednesday and Thursday. Guests can expect plenty of house-made sausages and grownup takes on childhood favorites, including an andouille sausage corn dog with a homemade cheddar whiz. Sausages and brats come in pretzel rolls good enough to stand alone. A salad of crispy pig ear, frisée and egg was a nice start to the meal, and a hot fudge sundae with salted caramel ice cream and a pretzel brittle provided a sweet finish. Other dishes you can expect to see on the Roofers Union menu include chips with French onion dip, trotter arancini, cauliflower with mint, and a black bean quinoa burger, all foods that would pair well with beers from the restaurant's anticipated 22 draft lines.
Check out more photos of the space, and some dishes, below.
Roofers Union, 2446 18th St. NW. Opening early February.